‘I just want my kids to have a good Christmas’
It doesn’t take much for the bottom to fall out.
After a string of bad luck, Layla Alton of La Salle found herself and two sons, Drake Griffith, 12, and Draven Griffith, 10, evicted from their home at the end of October. By Oct. 30, they were signed up and living at Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter in Peru. With the holidays looming, it wasn’t an easy decision.
“You gotta do what you gotta do, especially if you have kids,” Alton said. “So I made the decision of actually coming here to the PADS shelter and ever since then it’s been a wonderful experience.”
Alton works and the boys attend school during the day, but the family will stay in the shelter through the holidays.
They won’t be the only ones. IV PADS has reported its shelters are filled to capacity.
Across its two shelters in Peru and Ottawa, IV PADS has 74 beds. Right now, every bed is occupied by someone who needed a place to stay, and more than one-third of them are children. In the Ottawa shelter, 25 of the 50 beds are occupied by kids.